It’s true that tourism has been doing better in recent years. Numbers have grown after the shocks caused by the coup in 2007. But everyone in the industry knows that we’ve paid a permanent price. The brand has been damaged. We’re now a discount destination when we could have been a premium one. The regime propaganda machine claims tourism brings in $1.3 billion a year, but what they don’t say is how much money flows out of the country to pay for all the imports needed by the tourism industry. They’ve talked about import substitution but production of most local imports has fallen. It should be keeping pace with increased numbers but beef production, goat, rice and dairy production have all fallen. Tourism has survived a bad government but it cannot survive five more years of bad government and the worst thing of all would be another coup. Another blow to our tourism industry like that after 2007 and our dollar is doomed – another devaluation and another hike in the price of basics to hit the poor again.